NEWS
Oct 24, 2017
Aerospace manufacturers to take time to encourage, develop their future workforce

These are good times for Connecticut’s aerospace sector.

Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney have orders for hundreds of helicopters and thousands of jet engines. That will also increase demand for parts and components made by the region’s smaller and mid-sized manufacturers.

But that demand is more than just local – Connecticut aerospace manufacturers are known around the world for their quality and customer service. In fact, Chester-based AeroCision is the Rolls Royce Aerospace Division Supplier of the Year.

These good times also present a challenge: Who’s going to build all those helicopters and jet engines, and make all the parts and components they need?

To help meet that challenge, members of the Aerospace Components Manufacturers want to talk to young people about the good-paying career opportunities manufacturing offers.

That’s why ACM – more than 100 small and medium-sized companies in Connecticut and western Massachusetts, an area they call AEROSPACE ALLEY!® – will host a Future Workforce Opportunities Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

At the Future Workforce Opportunities Fair, students from dozens of high schools and middle schools will meet with leaders of manufacturing companies, as well as people who have recently entered the manufacturing field, to find out what they make and how they make it – and the career options the students will have in manufacturing.

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, manufacturers are hiring 6,000 people per quarter. And there are thousands of help-wanted ads posted by Connecticut manufacturers.

That’s why ACM members are taking the time to encourage young people to consider all those opportunities.

Students from Vinal Technical High School in Middletown discuss manufacturing with Art French, president of New England Metal Finishing, at the 2016 Future Workforce Opportunities Fair.

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